Makeup Monday – Catch Up Review

Marvelous Monday my Makeup loving friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I got my October BoxyCharm box this weekend and I can’t wait to share with you what I got. But first, I have to finish my reviews for the September box. This is going to be a bit of a long post and I apologize.

I’m going to start with the Violet Voss – Essentials Eyeshadow Palette. I was not super excited about this palette. I am a much more neutral kind of gal. I did attempt a look and wanted to share it with you though.

It was not bad but it was hard for me to work with the colors. I am going to continue to try. Now that fall is here I’m hoping the purple and the orange shades will come in handy. The colors were all very pigmented and long lasting on my eyes. The palette itself I would give πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 review but for me personally this is a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„.

Since I just discussed eyeshadow I should mention my review for the MODA – 5-pc Brush Kit.

I really liked these brushes. I have not used them as much as I would like to. I will say though they are soft and fluffy. I have had some brushes that were scratchy on my eyelids lately and these definitely were not. I also am just getting used to using a fluffy brush for my crease and I really liked how this brush worked. They are all marked with what they should be used for and I like that. It helped me try new brushes in new areas. Do you ever get stuck in a routine for brushes and wonder if maybe there is a better tool out there you haven’t tried yet. I feel like these brushes were a better tool and I am glad IΒ  tried. I plan to continue to use them and try to get some of their face brushes as well.

I am going to give these a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β of 5. Highly recommend giving them a try!

Next up we have MAC – Frost Lipstick CB96. Well folks, partly I am too old for frosty lipsticks and secondly this color was not meant for me.

I might try it again with a much more subtle makeup look and let this be the only pop of color. It is definitely a pretty shade. The pigment was very real. The color stayed on my lips all day but it also got on everything else along the way. My poor water bottle may never be the same. The lipstick was however the soft moisturizing feel that you will almost always find with MAC. I do wish it was a more flattering shade but like I said, perhaps if I get a tan or do a more subtle makeup I could make it better. As a product I’m giving this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 but for me and my skin tone, I am giving this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5.

Finally, I am going to tell you all about the Laura Geller – Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator.

This was probably my favorite item out of the box and with a $26 price tag, this makes the box a success in my book. The texture is very soft. Goes on powdery but does feel like a velvety cream. The glow is just so soft and perfect for an all the time use. I have used this every day since the first day I tried it and I can say this will be my go-to until I run out or until I get a new one I have to try through BoxyCharm! I love a little highlighter. This is also gentle enough you could use it all over to add just a little bit of glow to your face. I think you will agree if you give it a try. This product is definitely a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5 for me. Laura Geller has some great products and I hope I get some more in future boxes.

Overall, September’s box is going to be a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β and a half πŸ’„Β for me. I think I had some products that were not so great but I had some products that were great. Do you subscribe? Have you thought about subscribing? Are there other products you would be interested in me reviewing? Let me know!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday – September BoxyCharm Box Review

It’s that time of the month. We have a new box. I do kind of hate that I get it towards the middle/end of the month instead of the beginning of the month but I’m still really glad I get the box at all.

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Seeing this is the mail just makes me happy! It makes my husband smile too because he knows he is not actually spending that much to make me happy and I get new makeup every month!

The theme this month is All Access:

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I couldn’t exactly figure out the theme. I think maybe exclusive products was what they were going for? I’m not really sure. Let’s get into what we really want to know!

What did I get and what is the value?

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In my box this month was the following:

Violet Voss – Essentials Eyeshadow Palette – MSRP $29.00

Dr Brandt – Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask – MSRP $52.00

MODA – 5 PC Brush Kit – $27.95

MAC – Frost Lipstick CB 96 – $18.50

Laura Geller – Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator – $26.00

Total MSRP – $153.45

This month, I am most excited about the Dr. Brandt sleeping mask. It is more like a moisturizer than a mask. I can’t wait to try it and tell you all about it.

I am least excited about the eyeshadow palette. I have received a number of eyeshadow palettes from BoxyCharm and I was really hoping to receive a different face palette this month. I am also a very neutral kind of girl and Violet Voss is definitely not known for neutrals.

As always if you would like to sign up for BoxyCharm, you can use my link below. There are some new things coming to the company in the coming months. It is growing and honestly I think the value of this service is only going to continue to improve.

https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/Becky-WWZCHHXT

I’m going to give this box a first impression score of πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„out of 5.

Can’t wait to tell you guys how the products actually work!

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky

Makeup Monday Review – Tarte Big Ego Mascara

Marvelous Monday Makeup Friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. The hubs and I went fishing. This was the first time I have been fishing in I can’t tell you how many years and it had been quite a while for my man as well. We had a blast though. It made for some really great relaxing time for the two of us. I’ll tell you more about it and post some pics soon. Today, however, I know you are all only interested in the makeup so I’m going to give you what you came here for.

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As part of my August BoxyCharm, I received this mascara. I like to try new types of mascara because as I have aged and my hormones have changed, my eyelashes have definitely thinned. I like to find something that makes them full and long without weighing them down or being to clunky on my eyes.

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This formula felt nice going on. I really liked the brush. The shape was nice to enhance each individual lash. The formula was not too thin or too thick. It was very nice going on.

You can see on the left picture above, I had one eye with mascara and one eye without. It was very obvious that this mascara helped. The other pic included my bottom lashes. I did like how it coated those lashes without too much clumping.

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This was one day that I was able to do a beautiful complete eye look. I was really happy with it.

Now for the downside, by the end of the day, EVERY day, this mascara has flaked off of my lashes. I have little clumps of mascara under my eyes and all the way down my face. I wear glasses so I don’t rub my eyes throughout the day, I try to just leave them alone. This mascara seemed to dry out so much throughout the day that I couldn’t really bring myself to get behind it. I have continued to use it and I will use it until it’s gone or another 5 months whichever comes sooner because well, it’s expensive mascara and I like to use what I have. I will tell you however, this is one of those much better suited for a night out than a full day of makeup.

As mentioned this mascara with a $23 price point is definitely a more expense mascara than I would just try on my own. I am always so glad for my subscription box because it does allow me to try higher end items without paying as much for them.

Overall, I am going to give this a πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5. It has some fine qualities but it is also lacking in some areas. With a cost of almost twice as much as most mascara out there that works really well. I just can’t go over that score.

Love and Γ°ΒŸΒ’Β„,

Becky

Makeup Monday – Butter London Palette and Ofra Liquid Lip

Marvelous Monday my makeup loving friends. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent too much time in the yard on Saturday. I’m still dehydrated and recovering. Enough about that, what we really want to talk about is makeup, am I right? As per usual, I am going to review some items from my monthly BoxyCharm box. You can check out what all was included in my July box, as well as the pricing for the items reviewed today by following the linkΒ here.

First, today we are going to talk about the Butter London Palette Natural Goddess.

This is a very pretty palette. I like the natural andΒ  earthy undertones. When I look at this palette, I think of the earth. The brown, green and blue shades make me think of the earth and water.

I tried to do a swatch test for you, but I am still new at the whole swatching thing and I don’t ever want to ruin a pretty pot of eyeshadow for a swatch on my arm. I am afraid they came out a little light but here is an idea of the shades against my very pale arm.

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The green was probably was my favorite surprise of all of the shades. It was more neutral and pretty then any of the shades honestly. The brown as a matte shade was probably intended to be a good blendable shade but I really struggled with it guys. I believe I need to work on my blending skills so I am not going to totally blame the shadow. Here are some pics with the shades actually for looks throughout the weeks I have tried this palette.

I had a hard time with pics for this post. My makeup in the morning just never wanted to play along. I did not feel like I could make as many complete looks as I would have liked with this palette. It had too many shimmer shades and not enough mattes to really create full looks. I will continue to use this as a supplement to other pallets for little pops of great earthy tones.

The palette for me, based on the fact that the shades are pretty but not super pigmented, it is really not a stand alone palette and the blendability is questionable, I am going to rate this πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5.

I also have been using the Ofra Liquid Lip in shade Santorini.

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The formula went on so smooth and pretty. I really loved the feel on my lips. The scent was not noteworthy in a good or bad way. It was almost non-existent. This was considered to be a long lasting liquid lippy so I wanted to see how it would do. This shade was very bright pink which is not something I normally wear. I will be honest, I have not worn this as many days as I would have liked but I did remember to do a beginning of the day and an end of the day pic without reapplying so that could see how long lasting it really wears.

As you can see from the pics above it is a really pretty shade. However, short of a slight stained pink on my lips at the end of the day, it didn’t really last that long. Reapplication after lunch, etc. would definitely be necessary. I did really like that it did not leave my lips feeling extremely dry. I would say that this is a pretty good liquid lipstick. The shade is really beautiful, I should probably be more open to the bright colors.

Long lasting leaves a bit to be lacking but the shade and overall feel of this product is excellent. I’m going to give a good feel a higher score over the pain of having to re-apply and give this product πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„πŸ’„Β out of 5.

Hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know if there are other products you would like me to try that are not associated with my BoxyCharm box each month.

Love and πŸ’„,

Becky